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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

SPIEGEL Migration Debate: 'One of the Most Serious Dramas of Our Times'

SPIEGEL Migration Debate: 'One of the Most Serious Dramas of Our Times'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2015

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann and human rights activist Elias Bierdel recently met with SPIEGEL editors to debate German and EU migration policies in light of the recent mass deaths in the Mediterranean Sea. Interview Conducted By Maximilian Popp and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Risky Deterrence: Europe Prepares Plan To Fight Human-Traffickers

Risky Deterrence: Europe Prepares Plan To Fight Human-Traffickers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2015

As the refugee crisis continues to unfold, the EU may seek a UN mandate authorizing the use of military force against migrants seeking to illegally enter Europe via the Mediterranean. But skepticism of the plans in Brussels is widespread. By Horand Knaup, Christoph Schult, Gordon Repinski and Ann-Katrin Müller more... Comment ]

Debt Crisis: Greek President Promises Repayment of all Debt

Debt Crisis: Greek President Promises Repayment of all Debt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2015

In comments made to SPIEGEL ONLINE, new Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos categorically rules out his country exiting the euro zone and supports calls for German reparations payments in connection with Nazi war crimes. By Giorgos Christides, David Böcking and Roland Nelles in Athens more... Comment ]

An Unending Refugee Tragedy: Europe's Path to Deadly Partition

An Unending Refugee Tragedy: Europe's Path to Deadly Partition

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2015

Germany and its European Union partners want to prevent further refugee dramas in the Mediterranean Sea. But a look back at the policies adopted after the 2013 tragedy in Lampedusa shows they have made a terrible situation even deadlier. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Opinion: Europe Should Protect People, Not Borders

Opinion: Europe Should Protect People, Not Borders

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2015

The mass deaths of refugees like those seen this weekend on the European Union's external borders is not a consequence of politicians looking away. We are in fact causing the problem with our Fortress Europe policies. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2015

On May 9, Russia is holding an enormous military parade to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago. With tensions between Russia and the West high, most European Union leaders are staying away from the event. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Conflict 7: Europe Isn't The Center of Focus

Conflict 7: Europe Isn't The Center of Focus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

An aim of IMI was to make the European pharmaceutical industry more competitive. But as the Combacte project shows, the real beneficiaries were often meant to be elsewhere. more...

Conflict 6: IMI Rules Come With Hitches

Conflict 6: IMI Rules Come With Hitches

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

IMI is hoping to bring together representatives of industry, small- and medium-sized businesses and academics -- but in doing so, it is alienating many universities in Europe. Mid-sized research institutes are also having a tough time. more...

Conflict 5: Patients Are Becoming Lobbyists for the Industry

Conflict 5: Patients Are Becoming Lobbyists for the Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

Few IMI projects are more controversial: Patient representatives are schooled in EUPATI in order to better understand the development of medicines. But critics fear this could lead to prohibited influence. more...

Conflict 4: IMI Research Diverges from WHO Goals

Conflict 4: IMI Research Diverges from WHO Goals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

IMI's research projects are intended to create the medicines that are most essential to mankind. But instead of following WHO's priorities, IMI often pursues the pharmaceutical industry's agenda. more...